Annual Geotechnical Engineering Conference

This is the 70th offering of the University of Minnesota Geotechnical Engineering Conference.


  • All attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative, third-party COVID-19 test taken in the previous 72 hours.

  • Masks are required for all attendees

  • Any registrant who cannot attend because of a positive COVID-19 test, will be given a credit for the 2023 conference

Conference Details


Friday, February 18, 2022

UMN St Paul Student Center (new location) 2017 Buford Avenue

Sponsored by:

Department of Civil, Environmental, Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

Minnesota Geotechnical Society - A Geo-Institute Chapter

Geo-Institute of ASCE


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Short Courses

SHORT COURSE 1 Thursday, February 17, 2022 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 NOON Big GEO-DATA and Data Exchange with DIGGS Workshop Course

SHORT COURSE 2 Thursday, February 17, 2022 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Slope Stabilization and Case Histories

Friday, February 18, 2022

7:30 A.M. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 Conference Welcome - College of Science and Engineering University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

8:25 Kersten Lecture Past, Present, and Future of Ground Improvement Vernon R. Schaefer, PhD, PE James M. Hoover Chair in Geotechnical Engineering Iowa State University, Ames, IA

9:20 Reuse of Geotechnical Waste Material in Engineered Soil Mixes David Saftner, PhD, PE Associate Professor, Civil Engineering University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

10:00 Break

10:30 Soil-Water-Structure Interactions in Geotechnical Engineering Alba Yerro-Colom, PhD Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

11:10 Edenville Dam Failure Daniel Pradel, PhD, PE, GE, D.GE, F.ASCE Clinical Professor; Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

11:50 Lunch

1:00 P.M. Yeager Airport: The Long Road to Recovery from the 2015 Slide Allen W. Cadden, PE, D.GE Principal Schnabel Engineering, Chadds Ford, PA

1:40 Importance of Construction Control for Assuring Reliable Design Silas Nichols, PE Principal Geotechnical Engineer Federal Highway Administration Washington, D.C.

2:20 Break North Star Ballroom

2:50 Case Histories - Concurrent Sessions

Twin Ports Interchange—Test Column Supported Embankment Richard Lamb, PE Foundations Engineer MnDOT, Maplewood, MN

Building Uniform Foundations to Enhance Pavement Performance Todd Christopherson, PE, LEED AP Chief Operating Officer S.M. Hentges and Sons, Inc., Jordan, MN

3:20 Case Histories - Concurrent Sessions

Father’s Day Flood and the Redridge Steel Dam Stan Vitton, PE, PhD Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

UAS Applications for Geohazard Assessment Roch S. V. Player, PE, D.GE, PMP Chief Engineer GeoStabilization International, Commerce City, CO

3:50 Case Histories - Concurrent Sessions

Geotechnical Aspects of I-35W Stormwater Storage Facility Michael Haggerty, PE Vice President and Senior Geoengineer Barr Engineering, Minneapolis, MN

4:15 Adjournment


Planning Committee

(Names are linked to the committee member's email address where available.)

Chris Behling, US Army Corps of Engineers

Joe Bentler, American Engineering Testing

Ryan Berg, Ryan R. Berg & Associates

Aaron Budge, MN State University, Mankato

Liang Chern Chow, Haley Aldrich

Ivan Contreras, Barr Engineering Co.

Ron Farmer, Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc.

Bryan Field, Braun Intertec

Steve Gale, Gale-Tec Engineering

Mike Haggerty, Barr Engineering Co.

Megan Hoppe, American Engineering Testing

Nate Iverson, Veit

Joe Labuz, University of Minnesota

Rich Lamb, MnDOT

Brett Larsen, Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc.

Dan Mahrt, Terracon

Steve Olson, HDR Engineering Inc.

Ryan Petersen, Itasca Consulting Group, Inc.

Greg Reuter, American Engineering Testing

Dave Saftner, UMN, Duluth

Brian Sanchez, Atlas Foundation

Joel Swenson, Barr Engineering

Brent Theroux, Barr Engineering

Joe Westphal, Braun Intertec


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Professional Development Hours

Participants can earn 6.0 PDH for full-day attendance.

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